Explore Idaho

Explore Idaho
Who doesn’t think of potatoes when they think of Idaho? Well, for those who don’t know Idaho well, this is one of the most geographically diverse states in the US. So diverse, that the north is filled with mountains, lakes and rivers which contrast with the south which has arid, desert plains. Anyone who loves the outdoors will adore Idaho. The activities you can do vary, and include mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, boulder climbing, and base jumping, or simply hiking, walking, and sun worshipping.

Most of Idaho is practically a national park, but mixed in with nature they have plenty of cultural activities. For the country cowboy/girls, there are many historical spots paying tribute to first settlers and cattle ranchers. There’s horseback riding at local fairs and even bull riding! Of course, prior to the settlers arriving, Idaho was the home to native groups, Nimi’ipuu, Schitsu’umsh and Tsistsistsas – to name a few. A great place to learn about their culture is the Shoshone Indian Ice Caves.

In the eastern part of Idaho you can find the Snake River region, the perfect spot to satisfy the wine lovers with its great wineries to tour.

Some of the landscapes are wild to see. There is the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve which is a volcanic park with fields of lava that seriously look like the belong on another planet.

You can’t miss Yellowstone National Park, especially if you cross into Montana for a visit with Old Faithful geyser. If the Rocky Mountains are at the top of your bucket list, head north to enjoy mountain lakes with stunning views. Lake Pend Oreille, Lake Coeur d’Alene, and Priest Lake are great spots for the sports fisherman and boating enthusiasts.

Boise
Idaho State Capitol
Shoshone Falls

Places to Visit in Idaho

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Boise
  • Hells Canyon
  • Old Idaho State Penitentiary
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument

Unique Things to See and Do in Idaho

 

  • Tour the Idaho Potato Museum
  • Check out some ghost towns, like Silver City, Custer, Bonanza, Chesterfield, & Rock Creek Station.
  • Witness the Soda Springs geyser!
  • Base jump the Perrine Bridge, Twin Falls
  • Experience the coldness of the Shoshone Ice Caves
  • Hike the Sawtooth Mountains

Idaho Hot Spots

Sun Valley, the resort town!

This popular ski resort town is a well-known spot for its “billionaire summer camp” or Annual Allen & Co Conference for the tech and entertainment industry. With the list of big names that visit, you only can imagine how good the services and amenities are! The resort has skiing, ice skating, hiking, trail riding, cycling, tennis, and exceptional golf.

 Boise

The capital city of Idaho and is known as “the city of trees.” This is a sprawling city that has all the culture of a big city but with a smaller town feel. The downtown core has plenty of boutique shops, outdoor patio-restaurants, and quaint pubs.

Of course, the city is also home to a popular college football team - the  Boise State Broncos! Football culture is big here, and if you are new to football, head to the stadium for the tailgating parties. Everyone barbeques on the tailgate of their pickup trucks, and it’s a blast.

Getting Around Idaho

Travelling through Idaho state requires a car.  Or you could fly to your destinations, within the state, and then rent a car there. Unless you’re in the major cities the transportation system is a bit weak. There are several interstate highways that cross through into neighbouring states, but as you travel up north there are fewer options to travel on.

During the winter months is when weather conditions can hamper your travels, so always be sure to check the road conditions prior to travelling through mountain passes.

If you flying within the state, Boise has the most connections and is generally cheaper to route through too. Another option is to travel by Greyhound Bus Lines which is comfortable and a little more reasonable cost alternative. Idaho is a long state, so if you’re travelling from top to bottom in one go, a flight will be so much faster.

Best Time of Year to Travel to Idaho

Idaho is diverse in its landscapes, climate, and activities, so the best time of year for you travel to Idaho will depend on the activities you chose.

Skiers and snowboarders will love the winter months when there’s plenty of snow and temperatures average between 0˚C to -10˚C. 

Did you know…?

A third of Idaho is covered in lava.

Lava flows at Moon Crater National Park

Did you ALSO know…?

Idaho produces one-third of the potatoes grown in United States!

Aerial view of Idaho potato farmers
The summer is when most recreational activities are at their best, such as boating, fishing, hiking, walking, and some adrenaline-junkie sports. The weather varies too. In the plains, the summer days are hot and dry but cool off in the evening. Summer temperatures average from 30˚C to 37˚C during the day. Whereas the mountain ranges experience cooler temperatures, averaging around 25˚C.

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Comments

  • Pamela
    Reply

    I believe there is an error, Boise state Broncos are a college football team, not NFL.

    • Pamela Denis
      Reply

      Good catch Pamela (and what a lovely name by the way :)! Thanks for keeping us on our toes. Do you have any favorite spots in the city (or state) that you’d care to share?

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